One Year Blog Anniversary!

anniversaryOne year ago, I started this blog on an impulse. I had become more serious in my writing and was well on my way to finishing my first novel, so I got overly enthusiastic. I didn’t really think I’d last more than a few weeks. I have missed a few weeks, especially since I started working again, but I am still here, and I have no intention of giving up anytime soon.

Statistics

Don’t you looooove statistics? I do! So here are some of those I thought might interest you: I have published 43 articles this year (this post is the 44th): 17 posts on life and personal development, 14 posts on writing, 11 book reviews, 1 short story. The most popular of them were A persona of myself, Confession of a hopeless hobbyist, What’s the worst that could happen, Declutter your text: use modifiers in moderation and Declutter your text: narrow your scope. My posts were liked  1,204 times and received 620 comments (221 of which were replies from me)

My blog gained a total of 350 followers over the year and was viewed 4,090 times, by 2,251 visitors. My best month was April with 570 views and 298 visitors. Most of my audience was from the United States (1,548 views), followed by India (619 views), Canada (483 views) and the United Kingdom (384 views). My top three referrers were the WordPress Reader (1498 views), the Community Pool (477 views) and Search Engines (156 views, 129 of which originated from Google).

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Highlights

One of the best moments this year was when an acquaintance told me something like: “I got lost on your blog instead of working. Oops.” I was happy to know I could keep someone reading my different posts to the point they forget they have things to do. I had the same feeling when complete strangers would “like” several posts in a row then “follow”. It doesn’t take away my insecurity, but it soothes it a little.

Another thing that amazed me was seeing how I reached people from all over the world. I received views originating from 85 different countries!

Next Steps

Now that I have a fair amount of posts, I want to make them more easily accessible. I’m planning to create pages of links, sorted by category and theme. I’ve also drafted a new self-introduction, which I intend to upload soon.

I’d like to find new ways to interact with my audience and my fellow bloggers, like running contests and featuring or writing guest posts. I’d also like to publish more fiction, either short stories or a series of short stories. Finally, if I can get out of my financial difficulties, I’d like to get myself a camera and take a bunch of pretty pictures to “decorate” my posts.

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That’s all for today. Let me know if there are any other statistics or facts that you’d like me to share!

18 thoughts on “One Year Blog Anniversary!

  1. Whoa Ida, time passes quickly doesn’t it… Your posts are a treasure trove of information, no wonder your friend forgot to work. Glad to hear you are working again, hopefully in something you are interested in? 🙂

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  2. Congrats on the anniversary! I love stats but ours are dismal so just make me a little sad 😂. I am happy they are increasing gradually though! Your plan sounds great and is something we’ve talked about doing e.g. categories etc.

    Enjoy the camera when you get it! We couldn’t live without our photos. It tells half our story 😉

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    • Thank you! I think the best use of stats it to compare our own performance at different points, but I like how looking at other people’s stats can help me figure out ways to improve my own. ^_^

      Haha, the camera is going to be absolutely necessary now: my husband accidentally broke my tablet, which I used as a camera when I really needed one. ^^;

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